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You are invited to the Republic of Consciousness Prize, United States and Canada: 2023 Longlisted Titles virtual event! Join hosts JAMES CROSSLEY, LORI FEATHERS, ZOE GRAMS, AMANDA QASSAR, AND PAUL WILSON as they welcome longlisted publishers, authors and translators to talk about their releases.

ANNOUNCING THE 2023 LONGLISTED TITLES

  • Cross Stitch, by Jazmina Barrera (Two Lines Press)
  • The Long Form, by Kate Briggs (Dorothy)
  • Two Sherpas, by Sebastián Martinez Daniell, translated by Jennifer Croft (Charco Press)
  • Breaking and Entering, by Don Gillmor (Biblioasis)Your Love is Not Good, by Johanna Hedva (And Other Stories)
  • Your Love is Not Good, by Johanna Hedva (And Other Stories)
  • Landscapes, by Christine Lai (Two Dollar Radio)
  • The Birthday Party, by Laurent Mauvigneir, translated by Daniel Levin Becker (Transit Press)
  • Lojman, by Ebru Ojen, translated by Aron Aji and Selin Gökçesu (City Lights)
  • The Box, by Mandy-Suzanne Wong (Graywolf Press)
  • The Sorrows of Others, by Ada Zhang (A Public Space)

The second annual Republic of Consciousness Prize, United States and Canada, has announced their longlist of 10 fiction titles from independent presses for the 2023 Prize, designed to celebrate the commitment of small presses to exceptional literary merit. Chosen from dozens of submissions, the longlist includes a range of novels and short story collections, including those written in English or another language.

A total of $35,000 USD will be distributed to the presses and the authors. Each press with a longlisted book will receive $2,000. The five shortlisted books will be rewarded an additional $3,000 each, split equally between the publisher and author, or publisher, author and translator where applicable. The shortlist of five books will be announced on Tuesday, March 5 and the winner announced on Tuesday, March 19.


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Founder of the Republic of Consciousness US & Canada Prize and Jury Chair, Lori Feathers, said: “In this, our second year honoring small publishers in the United States and Canada, we are excited to once again celebrate the accomplishments of independent presses. These longlisted titles highlight the indispensable role of small publishers in bringing books to print that expand the idea of great literature, privileging exceptional writing over commercial sales. Their work demonstrates courage and a commitment to ensuring that fiction of the highest quality and imagination finds its readers.”

The longlist was selected by a jury of independent booksellers including James Crossley (Leviathan, St. Louis), Lori Feathers, Chair (Interabang Books, Dallas), Zoe Grams (Upstart & Crow, Vancouver), Amanda Qassar (Warwick’s, California) and Paul Wilson (literary podcaster, Colorado).

“It was an honor and a pleasure to sit on this year's US Republic of Consciousness Prize jury. I'd anticipated some excellent reading, but the quality and range of submissions was higher and broader than I could have imagined. I discovered books with challenging content, formal daring, and good old-fashioned storytelling chops--almost every literary taste was represented. The number of superb translations was a particular highlight; our small presses should take pride in the outsized part they play in drawing the world closer.” — James Crossley

“Stories that change our perceptions of desire, of motherhood, of community, of art, of trauma, of colonialism, of loss: this longlist represents the depth and creativity of literary fiction and the hugely dedicated teams behind small presses who share it. With the increasing homogenization of culture, there’s never been a better time to celebrate the important stories that small presses share—or the style and beauty with which they do so.” — Zoe Grams

“What an honor to have my doors of reading perception dilated by this provocative assemblage of extraordinary books. Every publisher on this longlist deserves mad accolades for taking a chance on risky writing—lifting up unconventional, but utterly essential, perspectives on the messy business of existence. This is truly affecting literature: surprising, galvanic, and often unsettling work that takes no prisoners in holding up a crystalline mirror to the human condition. I am in awe of the intrepid mettle of these small presses.” — Amanda Qassar

“It has been exciting and encouraging to discover some of the fascinating and important books currently being produced by small publishers. This longlist encompasses a wide range of styles, subjects, and voices, and is a snapshot of the important and exciting work that is being done, often under the radar. To anyone out there who feels discouraged about the state of publishing, I encourage you to spend some time with these authors and their books - you won't regret it!” — Paul Wilson

About the Republic of Consciousness Prize

The Republic of Consciousness Prize in the United States and Canada was founded in 2022 and is run by volunteers. All prize monies to authors and publishers are funded by donations from members of the public. Donations can be made to the prize here.


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Cross-Stitch

By Jazmina Barrera, Christina Macsweeney

Cross-Stitch By Jazmina Barrera, Christina Macsweeney (Translator) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781949641653
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Published: Two Lines Press - April 2nd, 2024

Cross-Stitch By Jazmina Barrera, Christina Macsweeney (Translator) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781949641653
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Two Lines Press - April 2nd, 2024


            

The Long Form

By Kate Briggs

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781948980210
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dorothy, a publishing project - October 3rd, 2023

The Long Form By Kate Briggs Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781948980210
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dorothy, a publishing project - October 3rd, 2023


            

Two Sherpas

By Sebastián Martínez Daniell, Jennifer Croft

Two Sherpas By Sebastián Martínez Daniell, Jennifer Croft (Translator) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781913867416
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charco Press - February 28th, 2023

Two Sherpas By Sebastián Martínez Daniell, Jennifer Croft (Translator) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781913867416
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charco Press - February 28th, 2023


            

Breaking and Entering

By Don Gillmor

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781771965231
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Biblioasis - August 15th, 2023

Breaking and Entering By Don Gillmor Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771965231
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Biblioasis - August 15th, 2023


            

Your Love Is Not Good

By Johanna Hedva

Your Love Is Not Good By Johanna Hedva Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781913505660
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: And Other Stories - May 23rd, 2023

Your Love Is Not Good By Johanna Hedva Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781913505660
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: And Other Stories - May 23rd, 2023


            

Landscapes

By Christine Lai

Landscapes By Christine Lai Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781953387387
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 12th, 2023

Landscapes By Christine Lai Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781953387387
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 12th, 2023


            

The Birthday Party

By Laurent Mauvignier, Daniel Levin Becker

The Birthday Party By Laurent Mauvignier, Daniel Levin Becker (Translator) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781945492655
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Transit Books - February 7th, 2023

The Birthday Party By Laurent Mauvignier, Daniel Levin Becker (Translator) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781945492655
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Transit Books - February 7th, 2023


            

Lojman

By Ebru Ojen, Aron Aji, Selin Gökçesu

Lojman By Ebru Ojen, Aron Aji (Translator), Selin Gökçesu (Translator) Cover Image
By Ebru Ojen, Aron Aji (Translator), Selin Gökçesu (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780872868984
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: City Lights Books - August 15th, 2023

Lojman By Ebru Ojen, Aron Aji (Translator), Selin Gökçesu (Translator) Cover Image
By Ebru Ojen, Aron Aji (Translator), Selin Gökçesu (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780872868984
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: City Lights Books - August 15th, 2023


            

The Box: A Novel

By Mandy-Suzanne Wong

The Box: A Novel By Mandy-Suzanne Wong Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781644452493
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - September 19th, 2023

The Box: A Novel By Mandy-Suzanne Wong Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781644452493
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - September 19th, 2023


            

The Sorrows of Others

By Ada Zhang

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781736370964
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Public Space Books - May 9th, 2023

The Sorrows of Others By Ada Zhang Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781736370964
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Public Space Books - May 9th, 2023

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Join us for a virtual event celebrating the authors & publishers of the 2023 longlisted titles for the Republic of Consciousness Prize!